Ask us anything - studying Geography at university (University of Southampton)

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Hi all!

We are two Geography students from the University of Southampton: Immy, a third year BSc Geography student, and Amy, a current MSc Applied GIS & Remote Sensing student and recent graduate of the BSc Geography course. As official student reps for the University of Southampton, we are happy to answer any and all questions you may have about studying geography, coming to Southampton - and anything and everything in between! Doesn't have to relate to Southampton either

Feel free to drop any questions below or use it as a space to meet other aspiring geographers! We look forward to chatting with you all!

Amy (4th year student ambassador) & Immy (3rd year student ambassador)
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Hello, I want to study human geography in university. What are the various skills needed to study this course?
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Hello, I want to study human geography in university. What are the various skills needed to study this course?
Hi Fay!
There's no 'one size fits all' set of skills needed to study human geography. Are you taking your A-Levels? A geography A-Level is strongly encouraged but otherwise I'd recommend developing skills in whatever interests you! Geographers are multidisciplinary - we work in so many different fields and no two geographers are the same! From health geography to climate change mitigation, cultural spaces to migration - you can tailor a degree in human geography to whatever your interests are! The one key skill though that I would say every geographer should have is passion. A passion to make a difference or do the thing you love is much more valuable that a particular A-Level or specific skill. If you're after a more specific answer however, I would say GIS (making maps!) is a very useful skill - try asking one of your geography teachers if the school has access to any ArcGIS software for you to try out (they should have access to ArcGIS online but if not here's the link for them to look at: https://schools.esriuk.com/#:~:text=...h%20GIS%20easy.). It is by no means a required skill to take on a degree but it may be something for you to get your teeth stuck into in the meantime.
Hope this helps and do let me know if you have any further questions

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Hi Fay!
There's no 'one size fits all' set of skills needed to study human geography. Are you taking your A-Levels? A geography A-Level is strongly encouraged but otherwise I'd recommend developing skills in whatever interests you! Geographers are multidisciplinary - we work in so many different fields and no two geographers are the same! From health geography to climate change mitigation, cultural spaces to migration - you can tailor a degree in human geography to whatever your interests are! The one key skill though that I would say every geographer should have is passion. A passion to make a difference or do the thing you love is much more valuable that a particular A-Level or specific skill. If you're after a more specific answer however, I would say GIS (making maps!) is a very useful skill - try asking one of your geography teachers if the school has access to any ArcGIS software for you to try out (they should have access to ArcGIS online but if not here's the link for them to look at: https://schools.esriuk.com/#:~:text=...h%20GIS%20easy.). It is by no means a required skill to take on a degree but it may be something for you to get your teeth stuck into in the meantime.
Hope this helps and do let me know if you have any further questions

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Hello, I am extremely sorry I am replying to this late. I appreciate the time you took to reply to my question.
Yes, I do study geography as an A level subject. I am currently in the process of writing my personal statement to study human geography and economics. Any advice or tips?
Thank you
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Hello, I am extremely sorry I am replying to this late. I appreciate the time you took to reply to my question.
Yes, I do study geography as an A level subject. I am currently in the process of writing my personal statement to study human geography and economics. Any advice or tips?
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Hi Fay!
Apologies for the late reply! I have some advice from a lecturer in human geography here at Southampton University:
"What I enjoy seeing in the personal statement is your interest in geography - whatever aspect you enjoy, how your studies so far have inspired you to study this at University and what you've done outside of academic work. Tell us about your favourite part of your qualifications to date and what you hope to gain at university."
Hope that helps!
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Hi Fay!
Apologies for the late reply! I have some advice from a lecturer in human geography here at Southampton University:
"What I enjoy seeing in the personal statement is your interest in geography - whatever aspect you enjoy, how your studies so far have inspired you to study this at University and what you've done outside of academic work. Tell us about your favourite part of your qualifications to date and what you hope to gain at university."
Hope that helps!
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